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Sarah Jessica Parker arrives to the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 4, 2019 to honour media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Sarah Jessica Parker arrives to the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 4, 2019 to honour media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY /AFP via Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker is speaking out against her And Just Like That… co-star Chris Noth, who has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women .

“We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth,” the Sex and the City star wrote in a joint statement shared to social media along with castmates Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

The actresses continued, adding: “We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it.”

Noth played the love interest for Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw on the original Sex and the City series and the recent revival And Just Like That… In a twist, John James Preston, a.k.a. Mr. Big, died in the premiere episode earlier this month after a Peloton workout. Noth also appeared in a since-dropped commercial for the exercise company, produced by Ryan Reynolds and his Maximum Effort marketing company.

Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker in “And Just Like That.” Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker in “And Just Like That.” Photo by handout /HBO Max

On Dec. 16, two women accused Noth of sexual assault in in 2004 and 2015 in a report that first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter .

One of the women, using the name Zoe, said she was 22 when she met Noth while working an entry-level job for a company in 2004 that did business with celebrities. She said he invited her to the pool at his apartment building and later kissed her and had sex with her against her will.

Zoe went to the hospital following the alleged attack, but when police arrived she “wouldn’t say who it was.”

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The other woman, identified as Lily, was a waitress in the VIP section of a now-shuttered New York nightclub in 2015 when she met the actor. She said she later went with him to his apartment where they had sex but she left feeling “totally violated.”

“I was truly star-struck,” she told THR . “He was hitting on me, for sure. I was flattered. I knew he was married, which is shameful of me to admit.”

Both women told THR that Noth’s return to his role as Mr. Big triggered memories of their experiences with him years ago. “Seeing that he was reprising his role in Sex and the City set off something in me,” Lily said.

Noth denied the claims in a statement to THR .

“The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false,” he said. “These stories could’ve been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross. The encounters were consensual. It’s difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don’t know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women.”

Mario Cantone, Chris Noth, and Sarah Jessica Parker pose while attending the red carpet premiere of the “Sex and The City” sequel, “And Just Like That” in New York City, Dec. 8, 2021. Mario Cantone, Chris Noth, and Sarah Jessica Parker pose while attending the red carpet premiere of the “Sex and The City” sequel, “And Just Like That” in New York City, Dec. 8, 2021. Photo by CAITLIN OCHS /REUTERS

Last week, a third woman came forward with sexual assault allegations against Noth, telling The Daily Beast that Noth assaulted her when she was working at a New York City restaurant in 2010. Actress Zoe Lister-Jones also detailed allegedly sexually inappropriate behaviour Noth made when she guest-starred opposite the actor on Law Order in an Instagram post.

A 1995 restraining order his ex girlfriend Beverly Johnson filed against Noth has also surfaced.

“Chris Noth punched me in the chest and ribs, injuring my ribs, making it difficult to breathe, punching and bruising my face and body in which I had to have medical attention,” Johnson alleged in court docs, which were obtained by Page Six on Tuesday. “On July 27, 1995, he made repeated threats on my life making up to 25 calls per day threatening to kill me [and] destroy my face. [He] threatened to kill [the] dog.”

Noth’s attorney confirmed to Us Weekly that the pair agreed to “mutual restraining orders.”

On Monday, CBS dropped Noth from its reboot of The Equalizer with Queen Latifah that premiered in February 2021.

According to Variety , Noth will be seen in one original upcoming episode of the series that had already been filmed, but will no longer be a part of the show going forward.

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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